Sunday, 29 November 2015

Digital Divide

Researchers and advocacy groups look optimistically at the (economic and social) potential of the active and technology–skilled elderly; other approaches dealing with the social appropriation of technology see obstacles and stress the dangers of an increasing digital divide between generations. Factors like gender, education and socio–economic status still play an important role for acceptance and diffusion of a technology. The diffusion rate among the elderly is increasing, but will continue to lag behind the figures of the young users. While more and more seniors become technologically literate, the digital divide grows even wider?  The answer lies in how we define "technological literacy". We often define the digital divide between age groups by measuring "computer literacy."  Measuring "computer literacy/illiteracy" to define the digital dividing line is a short-sighted view of how we should define the digital divide, or at least how we measure it.  People can also be trained.  Like young students with special learning needs, be it physical, behavioural, emotional, verbal, etc. we must gear our education to this group by customizing the learning environment to suit their special needs.  This involves not just accessibility alternatives to the standard mouse, keyboard, display, etc. The "technologically handicapped" cannot take part in many of these technology based services. These include services like: online shopping, home access to medical information and medical assistance, security and health monitoring, access to public libraries and databases, communications with family and friends, on line banking, online learning, remote technical assistance, access to daily news and events, entertainment, maps/directions, etc. Computer and internet literacy will become increasingly important as more services are offered through this medium. Older people often have accessibility problems dealing with today's "normal" computers. Because of special health needs such as mobility, eyesight, hearing, dexterity, etc. some seniors with special needs simply cannot take advantage of many technology-based services that have become part of our lives, like the ATM machine. Often, the factor preventing seniors from being more technologically literate, is less mental as many would believe and more physical.  In addition, psychological factors, such as lack of self confidence or fear of humiliation, etc. contribute to seniors staying on the "wrong" side of the digital divide. Technology is drastically altering the way we go about our lives. The digital division regarding age is not reserved to senior citizens.  Many pre-seniors, who have not grown up with computers in their workplace or in their homes, are intimidated and lack self-confidence to learn basic technology skills. They, like their older counterparts are missing many of the same benefits. They, like their older counterparts, have their own "killer application" that will grab their interest and motivation long enough to help them cross the digital divide. Social media outlets are creating a digital divide based on age that may continue for decades to come.

Romatic Rainy Season

 I find the rainy season very romantic, everything on earth looks so beautiful. Finally, monsoon has arrived in Kolkata for which I was eagerly waiting for. It’s great to even be at home with family, watch TV and sip coffee. After the sweltering summer season, everything about this season is appealing to me. I love to catch sight of a rainbow as well when I am out with my friends. With monsoon comes the beautiful weather which brings people closer over a cup of coffee. This season makes the atmosphere pleasant and induces one to get cozy. However, it’s the garma garam khichuri, bhujiyas and pakodas that really make my day during monsoons. I think the city weaves a magical moment in this season. It is very pleasant to see full of colourful umbrellas, snails and to hear the croaking of frogs around the city. The government should be more prepared for the season to avoid any drainage problems, water logging, train hassles and traffic snarls which are part of the season. If one eliminates these things then monsoons is the most beautiful season the city witnesses. The child in us comes out during rains. We are tempted to build paper boats, play race-race with others and indulge in crazy fun that’s reminiscent of your childhood. I also used to play football during rain when I was at school. Rains bring a host of diseases, thanks to the dirty, stagnant water. So it becomes important to take care of our health during this season. No other season teaches you about your health like monsoons. It’s very important to eat home-cooked food so you don’t fall ill. Massive rains can take out electricity and internet connections and you will be left with only your books and magazines for entertainment. You’ll realise why reading a book sitting against the window sill and sipping coffee while watching the rain drops is the best feeling in the world.

Being Motivated

    
Motivation and enthusiasm manifest as desire and interest, and as a driving force that pushes to take action and pursue goals. Lack of motivation and enthusiasm denotes absence or deficiency in desire, interest and driving force. Lack of motivation and lack of enthusiasm are two of the main reasons for failure and of living a mediocre life. People lacking in motivation and enthusiasm are usually passive, blame everything and everyone for their circumstances, and often come up with many excuses why they shouldn't or cannot do this or that. On the other hand, a motivated person is energetic and positive, takes action to improve his or her life, and does not give up when there are problems.
Lack of motivation and enthusiasm can show up everywhere, at home, at work, in relationships, in pursuing goals and in everything else. This often brings indifference, unhappiness and dissatisfaction. When it comes to living a healthy and confident life, real goal achievement involves much more than good intentions. For example, it is not enough to know you want to eat differently or that you want to lose weight. Motivation can be defined as an impulse to channel energy and action toward a specific goal. This means, you have to know what you want and be passionate about it, and, you have to know how to set a goal. Goal setting is a powerful skill to learn because you give yourself a specific direction and you give your energy a precise focus.

Instead of constantly worrying and stressing set aside time each day to envision a new life. Imagine clearly, and with all your internal senses, what it will be like to live your goal. Relish the physical sensations of the anticipation of your exciting dream. 

Your goals need to move from the idea state into the physical state and the only way this can happen is when you take action. Action on a daily basis is necessary to make your dream come true. Motivation increases as you become actively dedicated to the process of making your dreams come true.

Helen Keller wrote, "Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." Every day, take a couple of minutes to list all your accomplishments for the day. Develop a tracking system for every effort and success, no matter how tiny. Each step toward your goal deserves recognition or some type of reward system.  Being motivated all about knows what you want and believing in your ability to achieve it.

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My paintings of the characters of Canterville Ghost



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